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The issue of  Europe and Britain´s possible exit from the European Union is a hot political potato in Britain in the run-up to the general election and there are also fears locally that Britain´s withdrawal would hit British expats on the island.
So Kate Mentink, President of Europeos por España, brought together two experts on this subject, former British Vice Consul Esteban Mas MBE, who is now the Balearic representative at the European Union, and leading local lawyer Javier Blas. They both agreed that if Britain did leave the European Union it would not affect many of the privileges we enjoy, unless it was a complete withdrawal from both the Union and other relevant treaties. There were some interesting questions from the more than 80 people who attended the event at the Caixa Forum in central Palma. Will we have to obtain work permits? Will we be entitled to state health care? Were just some of the questions asked from the floor. The two experts allayed most of their fears.
Kate Mentink said over the last few months she had been contacted  by many of their members with questions about Britain´s possible withdrawal.
Summing up Jason Moore said that Britain needed to realise that other many states were not too concerned over a possible British exit. Esteban Mas agreed saying that the view in Brussels was that if Britain didn´t want to stay in the European Union then it should go. “It would be a shame but afterall it would be a decision by the British people,” he said, indicating that Prime Minister David Cameron had promised a referendum if he is re-elected.

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